DeSaulnier aids neighbor, grandson after home invasion

Pair tied up during robbery next door to state senator's Concord home

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) helped rescue a woman and her grandson last Sunday following an armed home invasion robbery next door to his home in Concord.

DeSaulnier, who represents Danville, said he was reading in his backyard in the 1100 block of Via Doble when, at about 3:15 p.m., he heard a boy pounding on his door.

The boy said he and his grandmother had been tied up at the house next door to DeSaulnier's and robbed at gunpoint before the three suspects fled the scene.

DeSaulnier called 911 and went next door to wait with the woman and the boy.

The boy had managed to untie himself and his grandmother before running to DeSaulnier's house for help.

"The boy was very upset," DeSaulnier said. "They had been bound up and duct-taped. (The boy) just got loose and was courageous enough to run out of the front door."

DeSaulnier said the boy and his grandmother weren't sure if the suspects were still in the house when they escaped, but when Concord police showed up in force just a few minutes later, officers determined the suspects were no longer in the home.

The boy and his grandmother were shaken up, but not seriously injured.

DeSaulnier said this kind of crime was "very unusual" for the neighborhood, but added that no one should have to suffer through a home invasion robbery no matter where they live.

"I have to say it's just unacceptable that this happens anywhere," he said. "A grandmother should be able to sit in her home with her grandchild and not have to worry about three armed men coming to the door with guns and taping them up."

The suspects are described as three Hispanic men. The first suspect is estimated to be between 20 and 30 years of age, standing 6 feet tall and was wearing a red shirt.

The second suspect is estimated to be 19 years of age, standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall and was also wearing a red shirt.

The third suspect is described as standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with short buzzed hair and a birthmark above his upper lip. He was wearing a light blue shirt, dark jacket and blue pants at the time of the robbery, police said.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Concord police at (925) 671-3030. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Concord police tip line at (925) 603-5836.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Irving
a resident of Danville
on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

All I want to say is, "The average response time for 911 is 15 minutes.
The average response time for 1911 is one second"!

Obama says that guns don't keep us safe. OK ... Let's disarm the Capital Police and the Secret Service.

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Posted by Dick
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I'm aware that Mark is running for Congress. Based on your article, just exactly what did he do to "Aid the grandmother and grandson"? You should be ashamed for running a headline designed to prop up a candidate and then have nothing in the body of the article to confirm it!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Feb 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

[removed] Did guns keep these family members safe? It's a rhetorical question [removed]
Not only did they not help this situation, the free flow of guns in our society made these people far less safe, since the assailants had at least one gun if the story is accurate.
So what is your thinking exactly Irving - that if grandma had a gun stashed away in a lockbox, that the kindly robbers would have waited for her to find it? Or are you so bereft of gray matter that you are suggesting she should have had it within easy reach, fully loaded - where the kids could have played with it?
Please explain the mental process that goes on for you to make a comment like this.

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Posted by rufous
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm

That Mark has one heck of a PR manager. He should be proud of his duty bound Danville Express staff.

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Posted by Irving
a resident of Danville
on Feb 28, 2014 at 10:22 am

Derek; [removed] it's quite difficult to respond. [removed] The point was that the police are usually several minutes away and people should be prepared to be their own first responders. [removed] By the way, there are many countries that have very strict gun laws in which law abiding people have no access. [removed] Irv

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